The Irish Open is to take place at Galgorm Castle from the 24-27 September, the European Tour has confirmed.

Originally planned for the last week in May at Mount Juliet, the event was postponed owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Moving the tournament north removes the need for players to isolate for 14 days upon their arrival, as the Assembly in Belfast does not have this restriction in place.

The US Open is scheduled to take place on the preceding weekend, with the world's leading players set to be involved at Winged Foot.

The move could allow the likes of Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell to compete in their home tournament, although Rory McIlroy has already indicated that he is unlikely to leave the US for the foreseeable future.

The County Antrim venue is already scheduled to host the Challenge Tour's NI Open at the start of September.

"The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open is an integral part of the European Tour's schedule, said European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley

"Despite the obvious challenges of staging any event in the current circumstances, we felt it was important to continue with the tournament providing we could do so safely.

"We did that, first and foremost with the support of Colm McLoughlin and everyone involved with our title sponsor Dubai Duty Free who once again showed commitment and understanding of the current global situation, and proved what a wonderful partner of the European Tour they are.

"We also did it with the support of the Northern Ireland Executive who deserve our sincere thanks."